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    Q&A with Erik Larson

    Erik Larson talked about his book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the state of world politics surrounding the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. He spoke about the departure and eventual sinking of the ship, focusing on the personal stories of those involved, including the captains of the Lusitania and the German U-Boat, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and a number of the passengers on board. The Lusitania set sail from New York on May 1, 1915, with over 2000 passengers and crew on board. On May 7, the ship was hit by a German U-Boat’s torpedo and sank off the coast of Ireland. Out of the almost 1200 people who died in the sinking, 128 of them were Americans.

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    Q&A with Daniel Bolger

    General Daniel Bolger (Retired) talked about his book, Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He also spoke about his deployments to the two war zones, the inherent dangers to U.S. troops there, his job commanding the training operations of Iraqi and Afghan police and military forces, and what he believes what went wrong. In addition, General Bolger discussed his views of other generals such as David Patraeus and Stanley McChrystal, and what he thinks we should have done differently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    Newsmakers with Representative Adam Schiff

    Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, talked about issues such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, cybersecurity, U.S. strategy against *ISIS, the previous day’s terrorist attack in Tunisia, and the nuclear talks with Iran. He also discussed the future of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also called the FISA Court) and the National Security Agency’s authority to survey Americans' telephone records that would expire June 1, 2015, as well as possible reorganization of the Central Intelligence Agency. After the interview, the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Q&A with Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman

    Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, director of PharmedOut, talked about the organization, the money made by the pharmaceutical industry, the advertising the industry produces, how pharmaceutical companies lobby Congress, and how they try to influence doctors. PharmedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center watchdog project. Its goals are to educate physicians and the public about the marketing practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

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    Newsmakers with Senator Ben Cardin

    Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) talked by remote video about foreign policy issues facing Congress, including negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and Congress' role in approving the use of military force (AUMF) in the fight against the *ISIL. He also talked about Maryland politics, especially the upcoming 2016 battle to replace Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) who announced her retirement. After the interview the reporters in the studio discussed his responses with the host.

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Q&A with David Stewart

    David O. Stewart talked about his book Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, in which he explores the role that James Madison played in the founding of the U.S. In his book, Mr. Stewart discusses Madison' friendships and political partnerships with George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, and James Monroe.

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    Newsmakers with Laurie Robinson

    Former Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson, who co-chairs the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, talked about the task force’s report on policing across the U.S. following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. She also discussed the report’s recommendations on ways to improve policing and strengthen trust between law enforcement and communities. After the interview the reporters discussed her responses with the host.

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    2015 StudentCam Winners Announcement

    C-SPAN announced the winners of the 2015 StudentCam documentary competition. The grand prize winning video was The Living Wage by Anna Gilligan, Katie Demos, and Michael Lozovoy, eighth graders at School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky. A clip of their video was shown, and Anna Gilligan was interviewed about the film.

    C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam video documentary contest is an annual national competition in which middle and high school students produce a documentary on a specific theme. "The Three Branches and You" was the 2015 theme, with contestants asked to tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action had affected them or their community.

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    Q&A with Anthony Batts

    Anthony Batts talked about the challenges of policing the city of Baltimore, Maryland, tensions between the community and the police force, issues of police brutality, and the U.S. Department of Justice review of the practices of his department. He also spoke about the declining murder and crime rates in the city and his initiatives in the coming year. Commissioner Batts also discussed growing up in a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles, his past experiences as a beat officer and police chief in Long Beach, California, and his tenure as chief of police in Oakland.

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    Newsmakers with Representative Bob Goodlatte

    Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, talked about immigration. Topics included President Obama’s executive orders allowing some undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. without being deported, the immigration debate affecting the Department of Homeland Security spending bill, and the Texas federal judge’s order to block President Obama’s no-deportation order. Representative Goodlatte called the President’s executive order “one of biggest unconstitutional power grabs ever by a president” at a Judiciary Committee hearing earlier that week. Other topics included Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general, and net neutrality rules.